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Zyliss Vises have been around for many years, and I don't think there's any quesiton as to their quality of product---not cheap, but well made.
The question you have to ask is what would I really use it for. (note---when I'm at ww'ing shows, a question I find myself asking more and more) Second question---for the really neat functions, is there another, cheaper way of doing it.
I looked at them for years, when I couldn't afford one. Now I could, but I also have found that you can do many of the same functions with a good workbench with vises and dogs.
Got a Workmate - have had it for about 12 years now. One of the most productive tools I own. It's more than a little beat up now. It's just a little too small for the store furniture I'm working on now. 1st order of business is 4 counters 48" L x 28" H x 20" deep. Using 3/4" B2 maple plywood. After that another 5 slightly smaller units.
I have one of those... It has multiple parts clamps a bunch of different ways. I bought it when I was very stressed in the business world and saw it an a Farm implement Show ( really ).
I have found it exremely useful while I build new benches.
I have been mildly surprised a how useful it has been. I am getting ready to build my first work bench. I am using Solid core door and 2x4 frame. I vise will work very nicely on this until I get a real woodworking vise.
It was expensive. I mainly bought it to do something nice for myself when the rest of my life was pure stress.
I am better now, I work for myself and very slowly I am starting to make sawdust.
Curt---having limited room myself (tho I've managed to fit in two workbenchs) have you tried building some saw horses---at the same height as your Workmate??? With a sheet of plywood--would probably be as close as you'd get to an assembly table. BTW---agree the older Workmates are a great tool.
Dave, I have a number of those plastic, folding sawhorses. Either the piece itself or in combination with 2x4 rails has thus far served.
I'm looking ahead to when I will hopefully get to work on a few fine pieces. For example, my wife wants me to build an heirloom quality toy chest for our granddaughter. The Zyliss looks to be useful in a situation like that, but then, for the same money, I could get a good router.
Right now the quality level required is only a little better than "beat to fit, paint to match."
Zyliss? The maker of the finest Parmesan Cheese grater known to man? Hmmm, I wonder if it's really the same company. I've used their graters for many a year...excellent product, if they make the vise, it's probably the best.
On the other hand I have a $39 Larin vise from Sam's....swivel head and base with a pipe holder and plastic jaw protectors....wouldn't trade it.
Kelly C. Hanna<br /><a href=\"http://www.hannawoodworks.com\" target=\"_blank\">Hanna Woodworks</a>
I've had one for about 25 years. Because of divorce andd sickness had to sell my tools 3 timed. Always kept the vise! It's 3 times stronger than it looks and 4 times as useful. Grab one any time that you can, you wont regret it. They are available from http://www.advmachinery.com/default....cific=joeqcqk0